WE REGRET NOTHING~!
|My laptop kind of…broke. I have a desktop computer, but my laptop had 4 months of editorial drafts, ANTM challenge drafts, all of my lecture notes, and a bunch of fanart I had collected. It was terrible! Luckily, I managed to back it all up. I’m going to have to buy a new laptop so I can watch Persona and everything on my giant TV. For now, my posts will be a bit slower and my screencaps a bit blurrier since this computer is kind of old but I’ll do my best!|
|So if you somehow missed it, the OP and ED singles for Persona 4 came out recently! …As for the episode itself, it was more entertaining than I thought it would be, but I don’t think anything is going to beat Kanji’s episode. Ever.|
After the regular Velvet Room stuff with Yu obtaining a new arcana, he learns from the team that there’s a school camping trip coming up on the (conveniently non-rainy) weekend. So the team minus Kanji go to Junes to buy food to eat during it and Yu asks what happens during it. The answer is not much and Chie and Yukiko decide on the ingredients themselves. When Yu gets home, he’s greeted by the ever-adorable Nanako. She seems a little sad that her onii-chan will be gone the next day, but Yu shows her a rather unimpressive trick with a rubber band and she brightens up.
Moving on to the actual camping trip, Yosuke almost dies from food poisoning right from the start (cue Yu supporting Yosuke in true bromance fashion). The girls also make Yu try the curry they made, but it’s emitting PURPLE, so Yu doesn’t even stand a chance. Flashing back to when the girls were shopping, they pretty much bought anything that sounded like a good idea at the time. Yosuke is not impressed. However, a female classmate named Ohtani eats it for them.
On the kohai side of things, we meet Saki Konishi’s younger brother, Naoki (whom people tend to avoid since his sister was murdered). Yosuke is still feeling awful due to the food the girls made him eat, so Yu takes him to the Health Association tent (which Naoki is part of) and they meet Naoki. However, he tells both of them right away that he hates them. Later, Kanji joins the senpai (they ordered Aiya so they wouldn’t starve) and they learn that Kanji is actually childhood friends with Naoki. What? Since when? Anyways, Kanji doesn’t answer their questions and instead brings Naoki for them to ask questions directly. For whatever reason, Naoki is honest with them and says that everyone is keeping their distance from him since his sister died and all of their pity is suffocating. In the end, Yu gives Naoki some food and suddenly everything is awwwwwright. Naoki apologises for saying that he hated them even though it was never explained why he even said that in the first place. The team vows to find the murderer.
“Hey, are you sad?” “Yep.” “Alright, problem solved.”
Later, while they pick up trash, the team talks about the murders again. Since their theory about females being targeted was wrong, they return to the subject of Yamano and Naratame, the guy who was having an affair with her. However, he had an alibi at the time so he’s not their guy. They also move on to the fact that everyone who was thrown into the TV was shown or interviewed on the TV right before they vanished.
So later at night, the guys are all sharing a tent and Yu and Yosuke feel awkward due to the events of last episode. Kanji gets angry and then runs out to the girl’s tent to “prove that he’s a man”. However, when he gets there, Chie and Yukiko are awake due to Ohtani’s snoring and to put it lightly, Chie beats the crap out of him. So the girls go to the boy’s tent. King Moron (yeah, I can’t remember his real name. I think its Moraoka or something.) comes by drunk so the girls have to hide, and then they ask to spend the night. Yu agrees. …So then Yu and Yosuke share half the tent while the girls share the other and Kanji gets molested in his sleep in the other tent.
The next day, Kanji looks like he’s been through hell and Yosuke says that they should go swimming. The girls aren’t so fond of this idea and use the excuse that they don’t have swimsuits, but Yosuke bought some in Junes at the beginning of the episode. Plus the girls kind of owe them for everything that happened the other day. So the girls change and Yu gets to wear the fabulous swimsuit Dojima bought him (which Kanji compliments). Needless to say, the girls both look impressive and the guys compliment them. However, Yosuke saying that both of them will grow up to be sexy and Yu agreeing earns them both a kick off the cliff. Same goes for Kanji getting a nose bleed. Then they all notice that King Moron is throwing up upstream, effectively scarring them for life. After that, the group runs into Ohtani and all hide, leaving Kanji by himself. They all figure that she’s going to confess her love, but instead she says that Kanji isn’t her type. Poor, poor Kanji.
BOW CHICKA WOW WOW~ Thanks to Jrow for giving us this screencap to reel the male viewers back in after episode 7!
I’d be sad too if I had to stay in a tent instead of that nice-looking house/facility over there
Your sister died? Come, child, heal your soul with MEAT.
And then THIS SONG starts to play
While not as funny as Kanji’s episode, the camping episode was certainly an entertaining episode. I actually found this part of the game a bit boring though, and it made me a bit spiteful towards Yosuke for being a jerk to Kanji as well as the girls for tossing the guys off a cliff. If a guy compliments you, you say “thank you.” Is this really so hard to understand, ladies? Also, WHY ALL THE KANJI HATE? I liked the anime version better than the game. Mostly because it was just a bunch of cutscenes, so an anime can really go crazy and run wild with things. My only complaint – no animal crackers. That was the best part!
While the humour was spot-on, and I liked the investigation progress (the game over explains things wayyy too much), I didn’t like Naoki’s social link. His social link, aside from the main characters, is one of my favourites and yet they relegated him to a small portion of a random episode. Yu obtained his arcana based on the ED, which means it’s unlikely we’ll see him again, except as a minor character. He was sad about his sister’s death, but it was how everyone was treating him that really made his life miserable. Imagine everyone consciously trying not to mention anything depressing and always acting on edge around you, or giving you special treatment. You’d just want people to treat you normally. I loved hanging out with him and how cheerful he seemed when you acted normal, and how quickly his mood dropped when some nosey neighbour started to blab incessantly about his sister. I felt like I really, really wanted to cheer him up, even if it meant ignoring all my other social links. Ughh, what a shame he just flatly confessed his problems to everyone them scampered off like a squirrel who was just given food. I bet that slutty nurse gets more screentime than he does *sobs*
So, how about dat mystery? They’ve come to the conclusion that everyone who is kidnapped appears on television first, so the criminal must be targeting people on TV. That means you’d better start paying attention whenever Nanako flips the TV on. It’s kind of a vague hint since A LOT OF FREAKING PEOPLE are on TV, but in this world, not many people appear on the news…Just assume that, okay? With this hint, they should be able to guess who will appear on Midnight Television a little earlier. Hopefully all this investigating doesn’t make Dojima even more suspicious, since he was questioning Yu before.
Well this was less painful than I thought it would be. While Yu was still kicked off a cliff for pretty much no reason, at least the anime made it humorous (where in the game, all it did was make me pity Yosuke/Yu and think that Chie was a bitch). Even the character’s homophobia wasn’t all that bad as I thought it would have been. While there wasn’t really anything new with the plot this episode, at least this was entertaining.
I never actually finished any of Naoki’s Social Link (hell, I never even started it since my understanding or whatever stat I needed wasn’t high enough), but his part in the anime felt really thrown in there for me. I mean, he just told them his problems just because they asked. Though thinking deeper about it, everyone else was avoiding him, so he probably came to like them BECAUSE they were direct. Okay, yeah that makes more sense now (though I still think it was rushed) but since his arcana card appeared in the ending, I assume his part in the anime is pretty much over now.
Ahaha how I view Yu’s character has changed a lot since the first episode, yet I don’t think Yu himself has changed all that much. I guess it’s because of how the writers are now portraying him as a blunt, clueless, comic relief character as opposed to someone with no personality whatsoever. Anyways, so the characters finally realise that people on TV are the ones targeted. This realisation seems so much less painful than in the game version here. Forgive me for my constant game/anime comparisons, but I have to say that the game made everything so much more obvious and therefore, the characters seemed extremely slow and oblivious in turn. The anime is doing an excellent job so far of making the hints more obscure and so it actually makes sense that the characters don’t catch on quickly. I can’t wait to see how they handle the mystery near the end.
Preview: Could it be?! Does Rise finally appear?!